KYW Medical Report: With COVID-19 vaccine, will masks still be necessary?

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By KYW Newsradio

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Scientists hope that most Americans will be vaccinated by the summer. So what does this mean in our day-to-day activities?

There is very little argument that the need to wear masks will last for quite some time, whether people get vaccinated or not.

This is because we don’t know if vaccines will prevent asymptomatic transmission. Experts also say the outlook will depend on whether most Americans agree to get vaccinated.

The biggest disaster is if we have all these vaccine doses and people don’t want them.

But there is a major reason for hope: The thought is that you'll see cases, hospitalizations, and deaths decrease and want to go get vaccinated.